I’ve never met a dog that didn’t like treats. Dog owners love to give their dogs treats for fetching, sitting, training, and simply coming through a door. When it comes to treats, it’s important to discern among the choices. Consider functional treats for dogs that also supply supplemental nutrition.

Functional treats come in many different forms such as freeze-dried, jerky, chews, and biscuits. Similar to the vitamins and supplements we take; functional treats offer advantages to dogs when given regularly. These functional treats are specially designed to support your dog’s health in several ways:

Weight Control & Weight Loss: Treats low in fat and calories and high in fiber are a good choice. Look for treats with added L-carnitine known to accommodate a dog’s weight loss plan.

Joint Maintenance: Glucosamine and chondroitin helps dogs that may be older and have difficulty with getting up and around. Some treats also add vitamin E, which reduces inflammation and soothes joints.

Dental & Bad Breath: Breaking down plaque and tartar build-up helps promote healthier teeth and fresher breath. These treats use chlorophyll, mint, or parsley to help decrease the bacteria in your dog’s mouth. 

Skin & Hair Health: Omega-3 and Omega-6 helps to ward off dry, flaky skin. These fatty acids also help with immune system health. Your dog’s fur might also become dry, brittle.  Adding these fatty acids from good sources like fish oil can help alleviate the issues. Treats that include vitamins A, E and D will help to promote the health of skin and hair.

Digestive Health: Adding probiotics and prebiotics help balance the digestive tract. Treats that contain include fructo-CSB-SB8oligosaccharides (FOS), yogurt, chicory, Brewer’s yeast and beet pulp can soothe your dog’s tummy.

If a man’s soul is judged by the way he treats his dog, isn’t it great to have so many treats from which to choose? When selecting functional treats for your dog, look for manufactures that are transparent regarding ingredients, manufacturing and packaging. For my dogs, I chose Sea~Bones and Sea~Jerky by Coastside Bio Resources.

Which functional treat is best for your dog?